Basic Requirements for Building Permits

  1. Check subdivision or land restrictions;
  2. Obtain necessary permits;
  3. Obtain Power County Highway permit;
  4. Have access to property; (Phone: 208-226-2661)
  5. Obtain septic permit from State Health Dept; (Phone: 208-226-5094 or 208-478-6320)
  6. Obtain Idaho State electric permit if needed; (Phone: 208-681-5525)
  7. Five days prior to building, submit a complete set of blueprints to Power County Building Administrator. (Larger commercial & residential require blueprints with original Engineer’s or architect’s stamp)
  8. Frost Depth – 32 inches
  9. Snow Load – 30 Pounds
  10. Wind Speed – 90 Miles Per Hour
  11. Seismic Zone – D-1
  12. Climate Zone – 5

 

MINIMUM SETBACKS

(All distances are from property line)

Use/Building    Along Arterial Roads  Along other Roads & Property Lines
Wells, irrigation or domestic. 50 feet 50 feet
Granaries, etc. 60 feet 60 feet
Potato cellars, uses that generate similar truck traffic and require similar loading space. On frontage from which accessed – 200 ft., other frontages – 60 ft. On frontage from which accessed – 200 ft., other frontages – 60 ft.
Machine shops, uses that generate similar truck traffic and require similar space for vehicle storage. On frontage from which accessed – 100 ft., other frontages – 60 ft. On frontage from which accessed – 100 ft., other frontages – 60 ft.
Dwellings from main road. 50 feet – arterial roads
35 feet – other roads 
10 feet from side and AG or RR Zone and rear property line.

 

    Building Administrator
    Planning and Zoning Department

    Power County Courthouse
    543 Bannock Ave.
    American Falls, Id 83211
    Phone: (208) 226-7610
    Fax: (208) 226-7612